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    Hugh Hefner Came Up With The “Bunnies” Title For Playboy Girls Because Of Rabbits’ Notorious Se*ual Behaviour

    Hugh Hefner‘s legacy of the Playboy magazine is one of the most significant aspects of American men’s entertainment and lifestyle magazine history. The magazine and lifestyle, started by Hefner himself, has survived more than seven decades and has continued to be one of the most successful magazines in the industry.

    Hugh Hefner made an effective decision when he gave the Playboy Girls the name “Bunnies,” fusing the recognizable Playboy brand with whimsical, seductive, and little innocent aspects. The phrase ‘Bunny’ conjured up an image of a cute and cuddly creature, as well as a sense of playful sexuality. This unique name captivated the public’s attention. However, who was the first Playboy Bunny, and why did Hefner decide to go with this unusual name?

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    Who Was The First Ever Playboy Bunny?

    Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunnies
    Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunnies

    Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine, came up with the concept for the Playboy Club in the early 1960s. It was intended to be a posh nightclub that catered to the upper class and provided a special fusion of food, entertainment, and mingling.

    Hefner introduced the idea of the Playboy Bunny, a chic and seductive female server dressed in a skimpy outfit that included a corset, bunny ears, a fluffy tail, and a bowtie, to boost the club’s attractiveness and create a unique environment.

    The first one to bring life to Hefner’s imagination was Norma Jean Marilyn ‘Bunny’ Wallace. She was the first and original Playboy Bunny, and played a crucial role in creating the legacy of the figure as well as of the Playboy Club as a popular culture.

    Several women quickly followed Wallace’s legacy, embracing the Bunny identity and helping the Playboy Club succeed. Collectively, they contributed to the Playboy Bunny’s transformation into an iconic figure of glitz and charm that still captures people’s imaginations.

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    Why Did Hugh Hefner Choose The Name ‘Bunny’ For The Playboy Girls?

    Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunnies
    Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunnies

    Hugh Hefner and the rest of his team decided on the bunny rabbit because of it’s ‘humorous sexual connotation’ – with the tuxedo ‘to add the idea of sophistication’, according to Hefner himself. Along with the bunny being an innuendo for someone who has sex a lot, the logo’s generally tame and silly vibe was also on purpose.

    Though no proper explanation has been given by Hefner on the invention of the name, it has stuck wonderfully. Even decades later, these women in Playboy clubs are referred to as ‘Bunnies’ and the term has become culturally significant across the globe.

    Many have assumed that the name and the outdo has a lot to do with Hefner’s desire to portray women as hyper feminine, attractive, weak creatures, like rabbits. However, the man himself has never confirmed any such theories.

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